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lay into (1) Informal

Meaning: to attack someone and repeatedly punch and kick them

Synonym: attack, beat up, set upon

For example:

  • lay into sb The police officers who laid into the teenage boys got into trouble because someone filmed the attack.

  • lay into sb A gang of thugs waited for a guy to leave the gay club, and then laid into him. They kicked him to death on the sidewalk, and then laughed as they ran away.

Quick Quiz:

After the guys had laid into Kenny, he was
  1. bruised and beaten
  2. laughing and joking
  3. proud and pleased

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